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Orchard Theatre play brings Edgar Wallace’s classic whodunnit to life

PUBLISHED: 16:45 01 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:46 01 November 2018

John Partridge plays Inspector Tanner in the play. Picture: Orchard Theatre

John Partridge plays Inspector Tanner in the play. Picture: Orchard Theatre

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Building on the phenomenal decade-long success of The Agatha Christie Company, the Classic Thriller Company has produced hits including adaptations from Ruth Rendell and Levison and Link, the writers of Murder She Wrote.

As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely-guarded secret. Picture: Pamela RaithAs Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely-guarded secret. Picture: Pamela Raith

Now they bring to the stage a new thrilling chapter from legendary “King of the detective thriller”, Edgar Wallace.

The Case of the Frightened Lady is a gripping tale, and starts with Inspector Tanner (John Partridge) being called to investigate a ruthless murder at the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon Family.

As Tanner moves closer to the heart of the mystery he uncovers a shocking and closely-guarded secret.

John Partridge is best known to TV audiences as the suave and charismatic Christian Clarke in EastEnders and is also celebrated as one of musical theatre’s most respected leading men, having played in major West End musical hits such as Starlight Express, Chicago and in Bill Kenwright’s recent lavish musical of La Cage Aux Folles.

The Case of the Frightened Lady beginswith Inspector Tanner being called to investigate a ruthless murder at the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon Family. Picture: Pamela RaithThe Case of the Frightened Lady beginswith Inspector Tanner being called to investigate a ruthless murder at the grand ancestral home of the Lebanon Family. Picture: Pamela Raith

John also recently won the 2018 series of Celebrity Masterchef.

He said: “If you are a fan of murder mysteries then this classic play is for you.

“Most people love a whodunnit, whether it’s a drama on TV or a film or a play.”

When asked why murder mystery stories are so appealing to audiences, John said: “It’s the writing and the storytelling that make it a classic.

“This was written in the 1930s which was the golden era of the murder mystery.

“There are so many twists and turns in this play which si what audiences respond to - there are lots of moments that will make people jump.

“There’s also something very British about a murder mystery.”

John is also familiar with he Orchard Theatre, having appeared in plays there in 2016 and 2017.

“I love the Orchard theatre,” he said.

“I live locally, in Eltham, so it’s nice being able to go and solve a murder and being able to go to sleep in my own bed afterwards.”

The Case of the Frightened Lady will be at the Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, from November 5 - 10.

To book tickets visit orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01322 220000.

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